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Anyone use that single speed, double gear, reversible wheel?(17 posts)

Anyone use that single speed, double gear, reversible wheel?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 12, 2002 6:00 PM
I was at the bike shop the other day and they had a single-geared [looking] bike in the window. I checked out the rear wheel and noticed that it had a gear on the non drive side of the bike. They explained that one gear was fixed while the other allowed coasting - just flip to whichever you desire.

Very cool looking, however, has anyone any experience with this setup?
very common...phlegm
Aug 12, 2002 9:33 PM
Among single speeders. Check out the single speed forum over on I personally have a hub that can do it, but I only use the fixed side.

To further the coolness, I think it'd be neat to find a nice internally geared hub and make an extra rear wheel so that one could have the option of gears on the same bike, but it seems that Rohloff is the only company making high end internal hubs. ($800 is more than I want to pay for a hub.)
try sturmy archer?Steve_0
Aug 13, 2002 3:45 AM
I would, but...phlegm
Aug 13, 2002 7:15 AM
it seems that all the lower end (<$200) hubs aren't as efficient as a derailleur system. At least that seems to be the consensus. I'd try it if I was planning on building a cruiser bike.
re: Anyone use that single speed, double gear, reversible wheel?Bike Fool
Aug 13, 2002 4:09 AM
I converted my old Bianchi to this fixed gear setup and it works great. However, I'm still too chicken to flip it around and ride "real" fixed gear, but this winter should be the first ride (on the rollers) with the fixed side.
Sure, it is very common.MB1
Aug 13, 2002 4:54 AM
You saw a flop hub. It can be any combination of freewheel or fixed. Lots of the posters here use them.

I run a 16t fixed cog and a 17t freewheel with a 42t chainring. I like them both.
yep, with two freewheels: 16t and 18t (by 42t). nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2002 5:00 AM
Why haven't you fixed that puppy yet? nmMB1
Aug 13, 2002 5:07 AM
just a wimp, i guess. i'm waiting for my b-day. nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2002 6:00 AM
Let's see, 2001 Serotta $2500. Fixte cog and lockring $25.MB1
Aug 13, 2002 6:17 AM

Know what I am saying?

I'd expect that once you get fixed you would ride it a lot more than another road bike (no matter how rusted).
:)JS Haiku Shop
Aug 13, 2002 6:19 AM
perhaps. it's going to see plenty of miles after september, fixed or not. i will get it fixed by december, though.

tell me again what fenders you suggest for bikes with fender eyelets...

and, on a (not) related note, how do those lake winter mtb boots fit? small, large, average, compared to sidis, nikes, shimano?

Aug 13, 2002 6:29 AM
Fenders-I have SKS cromoplastic fenders on all but one of our bikes. Seem to work well. I have no opnions/experience with other brands.

Lake shoes-doesn't Performance carry Lake shoes? The winter shoes fit the same as my other Lake shoes. I recall (from the dim past) that Shimano and Sidi shoes needed a larger than marked size for my wide feet. I wear size 45 Lake and 45.5 in Sidi. Lake winter shoes were available only in full sizes with lots of room for smart wool socks.
Aug 13, 2002 5:56 AM
42/16 fixed for roads. 42/18 free for trails. 42/18 fixed for January riding. 36/18 free for cross racing.

I used to have oneonespeed
Aug 13, 2002 6:58 AM
Then I realized that I never actually flipped it over to use the other side. So I had it removed and have never looked back.
I use itStampertje
Aug 13, 2002 8:32 AM
42x16 fixed, 42x17 free - I use the freewheel side for those Sunday morning "apple pie" group rides. And currently for my busted knee. And I believe fixed gear is actually easier on rollers than free - you get a lot more feedback.
Yup- on a MTB, with 2 diffrent ringsoff roadie
Aug 13, 2002 9:01 AM
I have an olde vert-drop MTB that happens to have just the right chainstay length for 34x18 or 36x16 gearing. I run 2 chgainrings, and a Surly 1x1 hub. One side has a 18 t freewheel. The other side has a 16t track cog, screwed on "backwords" so that the teeth are farther inboard as usual. The frewheel fits the chainline of the 34t ring, the track cog lines up with the 36. The 36x16 fixed gear mode is suprisingly fun off road, as long as the trail is mostly flat. It works pretty well for me on the road, as well, as long as I'm not going down any hills.
Aug 13, 2002 11:22 AM
I've converted my wifes old MTB to my after-dinner-neighborhood cruiser. I too have found a 36-16 combo to be perfect for the chainlength.

Im still running through the derailleur, though, because I'm not sure how chainstretch would affect the system.

I'm ALWAYS adjusting chain tension on the fixie after a new chain is installed, So i presume the same would be necessary on the MTB

Is chain-stretch an issue for you?